One of the best delights of a trip through the villages of Luberon is experiencing her magical local markets laden with Provençal products. Local markets offer a glimpse into the true heart and soul of the countryside offering a wide variety of products such as lavender sachets, handwoven baskets and linens, flowers, wine, produce and other regional specialties that are renown to the region.
During our April road trip through the perched villages of Luberon, I was instantly drawn to the markets as an ideal place to buy the perfect gift for friends and capture the real essence of Provence.
Many of the towns throughout Luberon have their own local markets, however, the best market we found was in the perched village of Gordes. Every Tuesday morning, local vendors set up their colorful stalls around the castle at the center of the village, offering a wide variety of eye-catching delights. You can stroll through the open-air market and sample french cheeses, local wines and sausages while perusing the gorgeous tables of handmade linens, soaps, baskets and clothing. It is a wonderful place to spend a morning and then grab lunch at one of Gordes many outdoor cafes.
Here are some of the beautiful things we saw at the magical market in Gordes.
My favorite find at the Provencal markets were the handwoven table lines and towels. They were brightly colored, in beautiful hues and I couldn’t resist buying some to cheer up my home. If only I had a bigger suitcase!
Then came the perfect gift. The rows of colorful Lavender sachets. These were inexpensive and a hit with my friends and family back home.
All good markets must have a fresh produce from the countryside.
And of course the mouth watering fromage and saucisson.Luckily there were plenty of free samples.
Next of course are the amazing colorful spices many which compliment Provençal cuisine. My favorites and must-buys included Herbes de Provence and a special spice to put on top of cheese for making Salade au Chèvre Chaud (a delicious hot goat cheese salad common in Provence).
If you go
Check out The Luberon.com for details on the Gordes market.
Also make sure you bring a big suitcase as you are bound to buy a lot!